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    How to Shake Off the Mistakes

    How to Shake Off the Mistakes
    I've been on the fire department for over a year now. Another group of recruits has come through our academy since then, and they've been out running calls for months. Another recruit class is currently in session, and I'm even starting to help with their training. I feel like I've come a long way. It's always when you feel that way ...
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    Step 1: Learn About the Craft

    Step 1: Learn About the Craft
    Whatever you do, do not ever think that TV emulates EMS. . If television is your sole guide, than I suggest watching the Learning Channel Series on paramedics. While this is a narrowed view with mainly an urban focus, it is at least factual. I suggest you go to your local firehouse or volunteer department and ask to speak to a ...
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    Giddyup Probies: Getting on the Gear

    Giddyup Probies: Getting on the Gear
    If you don’t have bunker gear you don’t have anything. That’s why, as a probie, being issued a set of bunker gear was the first step in equipping me with the tools that probies want and firefighters need. Before you can learn to handle a hose, force a door, or carry a victim, you have to be able to put on ...
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    Want Probies to Learn? Just Yell at Them

    Want Probies to Learn? Just Yell at Them
    If you're in the fire service, you're going to be yelled at from time to time. I don't care how tough and talented you are, I don't care if you were the student body president or you dated the homecoming queen. The simple truth is that you will be screamed at. I admit that I haven‚t met you, but I know ...
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    How To Save A Life

    How To Save A Life
    I think most firefighters would agree that a good call has some element of "fun" in it. I'm not talking about the kind of fun that you have with a board game or a funny movie, it's way more serious than that, but knocking down a good fire (one where no-one is in danger) produces an enjoyment unlike any other. Unfortunately, ...
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    Step 1: Plan for Promotion

    Step 1: Plan for Promotion
    Setting a plan of how to reach your promotional goals can be a very intimidating process. There is a multitude of information and it can be overwhelming. I encourage promotional candidates to look at their future exam through a different set of glasses, those of the person creating the exam. Become the Test Maker One of my favorite sayings is, Become ...
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    What It Takes To Land A Job

    What It Takes To Land A Job
    Landing a job in the fire service is truly a unique challenge. On average, there are over 100 candidates who apply for each opening. Since the competition is so intense, what does it take to be the top candidate? [widget:flywheel_links] Many candidates believe it is important to be the "most qualified" individual in the testing process. The truth is that we ...
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    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Oral Interview

    Step 2: Assessment Centers - Oral Interview
    The oral presentations are probably the most overlooked part of the promotional exam. This is ironic because studies show that our greatest fear is to speak in front of a group. From the department’s perspective it is important to promote people who can speak in front of a group. The higher the rank, the more public speaking you will be expected ...
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    All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In Rookie School

    All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In  Rookie School
    (With credit to Robert Fulgham and "All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten") Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Rookie School. It turns out, being a good firefighter has a lot to do with being a good person. These are ...
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    Q&A Feature: Am I Too Old to Become a Firefighter?

    Q&A Feature: Am I Too Old to Become a Firefighter?
    Q: I'm 45 and just now realizing that I want to become a firefighter. Will a department even consider me because of my age? A: Everyone has an opinion of age when it comes to hiring new firefighters. Some people feel that a younger candidate has a better chance of getting hired because, after all, the fire departments are looking to ...
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    Preparing for the Most Common Physical Fitness Training

    Preparing for the Most Common Physical Fitness Training
    After doing research and writing about physical fitness tests for military and public service agencies for the past ten years, I recognized a common appearance of the 1.5 mile run, pushups, and sit-ups test as a near universal basis for testing fitness levels. The groups who use the Common PFT are the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and more than 50% ...
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    Rappelling into Hell: Helitack Firefighters

    Rappelling into Hell: Helitack Firefighters
    Rappelling 50 to 200 feet from a helicopter into remote, rugged country near a roaring wildfire might sound like part of the plot for a Sylvester Stallone action flick. But it’s all in a day’s work now for the Santa Fe National Forest helitack crew. Helitack stands for "helicopter-delivered fire resources,"and is the system of managing and utilizing choppers and their ...
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    9 Reasons EMS Rules

    In a very basic sense, emergency response is a profession of total selflessness. Being a first responder means giving of yourself, without asking anything in return, and this is what EMS professionals all over the world do every day. You never know what you’re going to get at the beginning of a shift. You might respond to a cat-in-a-tree call, ...
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    Step 2: Decide If You're Ready

    Step 2: Decide If You're Ready
    Lets look at some of the intrinsic/extrinsic factors which will assist you in deciding if this is the right choice for you. • Basic Eligibility- You are in a position of trust. Whether a volunteer or career paramedic, you will need to undergo some type of background check. In other words, if you have felonies on your record you can stop ...
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    Homeland Security: Top Ten In-Demand Occupations

    Homeland Security: Top Ten In-Demand Occupations
    It's no surprise that Homeland Security is recruiting heavily. Fortunately, this is good news for Firefighters and EMTs/Paramedics who both rank in the top ten. Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness & Response focuses on the premise that a disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. A disaster may be in the form of a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or ...
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    Step 1: Learn about the Fire and Rescue Industry

    Step 1: Learn about the Fire and Rescue Industry
    So you want to start a new career in the Fire and Rescue industry, but you don’t know where to begin? The first step in becoming a volunteer firefighter is to research the industry. For several hundred years volunteer firefighters have protected their communities. Because they rely heavily on donations and neighborhood involvement, a good chunk of a volunteer firefighter’s time ...
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    Becoming a Firefighter: The Two-Year Plan

    *If still in high school look into a Regional Occupational Program (ROP).* Many local fire departments have community outreach recruitment programs. *Graduate from high school or obtain your GED.* A diploma is much preferred. *Talk with a counselor at a community college that offers fire science courses.* Set up a course curriculum that allows you to obtain a two-year degree in ...
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    Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter - Download the Ebook

    Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter - Download the Ebook
    Due to popular demand, FireLink's Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter is also available as a downloadable ebook. This ebook can be downloaded and printed to read at your convenience. Written and reviewed by experts in the fire and rescue community, Five Steps To Becoming a Firefighter has over 25 pages of invaluable information to set you on the right path ...
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    Firefighters: "Do the Right Thing"

    Firefighters: "Do the Right Thing"
    Every new recruit looks forward to their first day of training with eager anticipation. I know that for me, there were hundreds of images flying through my head. Big trucks, flashing lights, sharp axes - this was going to be way too cool for words. All the other recruits in my class were equally pumped-up, and when we sat down in ...
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    Step 6: Be In Good Physical Condition

    Step 6: Be In Good Physical Condition
    The Fire and Rescue industry is and can be very demanding, both physically and mentally. When most of us hear the word “physical,” we automatically think of ripped abs and tones arms. This is not the context that we use this word. The phrase “good physical condition” simply implies that you can handle strenuous activity for a certain period of time. ...
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